Rare summer solstice full moon Monday

Rare summer solstice full moon Monday

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Monday's full moon will be a once in a lifetime special for some!

It's the first time June's full moon will have occurred on the same day as the summer solstice in at least 50 years (possibly longer, depending on your time zone).

Scientists say we may not see this occur again until 2062.

June's full moon is also known as the Full Strawberry Moon. It's seen as a signal to gather ripening fruit.

In Biloxi, the Full Strawberry moon will rise on Sunday at 7:21pm. It will be 100% full on Monday at 6:04am. The moon will then set on Monday at 6:12am.

The moon will also appear just as full on Monday night when it rises at 8:13pm and sets on Tuesday at 7:03am.

"The latest forecast calls for a partly cloudy sky on Sunday night and a mostly clear sky on Monday night," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "Conditions should be generally fair along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for viewing."

"Try not to ruin it for yourself by getting too technical with which night the full moon falls on; it'll look the same fullness on Sunday night as it will on Monday night," Williams pointed out. "Just keep in mind that it should appear just like any other full moon; so don't expect to see anything that looks different. It's the fact that it's happening on the day of the summer solstice that's special."

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